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#06-14-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 4:44pm by   Becket Adams
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) warned on Tuesday that the Obama administration is working quietly with the United Nations to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), an international agreement that would force the U.S. to abide by foreign climate regulations. Not familiar with the Law of the Sea? Here’s a brief refresher: LOST is like a lot of leftist initiatives in that it’s been decades in the making and that it uses....

Sen. Kerry on why U.S. must sign Law of the Sea Convention, shape Arctic policy
Charles M. Sennott | | Jun 14, 2012
Senator John Kerry is bringing out the top brass Thursday in his effort to get the United States to finally sign on to the Law of the Sea Convention, which many environmentalists and oil and gas industry officials agree is required for successful and safe exploration of the Arctic Circle. At hearings scheduled before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, is calling no fewer than six four-star generals and admirals who are expected to testify in support of the treaty that has already been ratified by 162 countries. “For reasons of economic competitiveness and national security, the vast array of experts believe signing this treaty is necessary,” Kerry said in an interview with GlobalPost. “We will have this long and distinguished list of generals and admirals all....

Stevens Expresses Concerns to EPA Over Bristol Bay Mining
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens was in Dillingham last week for a hearing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment concerning the potential effects of large scale mining in Bristol Bay. He said the testimony there was different than that heard in Anchorage the day before. The public comment period on the EPA's draft assessment continues through July 23. You can submit your comments online here.....

Murkowski: Tunnel to Gravina?
by Leila Kheiry
June 13, 2012 4:34 PM
Former U.S. Senator and Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Ketchikan Wednesday, and spoke at the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon about a proposed tunnel to link the larger community of Ketchikan to the airport on Gravina Island....

State to reconsider Warm Springs hatchery
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
June 13, 2012 2:43 pm
Juneau resident Dale Young wants to start a hatchery in the small community which is on the opposite side of Baranof Island from Sitka. It’s his second attempt at a hatchery permit. He was denied...

Crab Season Enters Final Stretch
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Wednesday, June 13 2012
The end of the opilio season is in sight at last. As of this morning, fishermen have less than a million pounds of snow crab left to catch. Heather Fitch is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.......

Copper River Sockeye is Key Ingredient at Whole Foods Fishmonger Face-Off in Aspen
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2012
Cordova, Alaska--Fresh Copper River sockeye salmon will be the showcase ingredient at the first ever Whole Foods Fishmonger Face-Off at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this weekend. On Saturday, June 16 from 12:00-1:30, 11 fishmongers from Whole Foods Market stores across the country will participate in the “Show Your Skills Quick-Fire Challenge.” While being timed and working on stage, each fishmonger will fillet one whole fresh Copper River Sockeye. The...

ASMI Fetes UK Writers With Wild Alaska Seafood
Call it friendly persuasion, to keep members of the United Kingdom’s Guild of Food Writers aware of the gourmet potential of wild Alaska seafood. For the fifth year in a row, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute had the honor of being selected to provide a selection of Alaska canap├ęs and bowl foods for the annual awards ceremony in London. The presentation comes as Alaska processors are trying to assure buyers in the United Kingdom that the standards for quality and sustainability of their products will remain at the...

Australia creates world's largest marine reserve network
Associated Press in Canberra, Wednesday 13 June 2012 23.11 EDT
The Coral Sea and adjoining Great Barrier Reef will be protected from oil and gas exploration under the scheme....

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior lays groundwork to approve Shell’s Arctic drilling plan
By Ben Geman - 06/13/12 07:01 PM ET
State of Play: The Interior Department is taking pains to show it’s dotting every “i” before approving Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to begin drilling in fragile Arctic seas off Alaska’s coast this summer. The department’s offshore drilling safety chief on Thursday will personally review the “capping stack” — a vital piece of equipment if there’s a blowout — that Shell will have positioned in the Arctic (it’s in Portland, Ore. right now)....

Wed, 13 June, 2012
Thales Alenia Commits To Resolving Globalstar Contract Impasse
By Peter B. de Selding
PARIS — The manufacturer of the second-generation Globalstar mobile communications satellites on June 13 said it had every intention of working with Globalstar to find a way out of their contract impasse and avoid a Globalstar loan default. Emmanuel Grave, Thales Alenia Space executive vice president for telecommunications programs, said his company’s interests are fully aligned with Globalstar’s, especially given the importance of the French export-credit....

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